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A Teacher’s Story: How to Fund Your Classroom

Alyssa Kave is a physical education teacher at Wells Elementary in the East Moline School District, Illinois. She has been using grants and crowdsourcing efforts to supplement her classroom and discusses the difficulties teachers face. Continue Reading

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How to Find Grants for Private or Parochial Schools

Finding grants for private or parochial schools can be a challenge. Many funders give only to public schools or do not give to faith-based organizations. However, there are funders seeking to specifically fund private or parochial schools. Outlined below are five ways to uncover funding as a private or parochial school. Continue Reading

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Rural Fundraising

Rural school districts need all the help they can get when it comes to fundraising. I’m not a big advocate of typical fundraising approaches used in school districts across the nation, such as bake sales and car washes. These tactics take up a lot of time and yield minimal results. Instead, I advocate fundraising approaches used in state colleges, universities, and private schools.

 

Rural districts need not be at a disadvantage when it comes to raising outside monies. In every community in America— large or small—there are people who can afford to give a major gift to your school or school district. You just have to find these people and involve them in your schools. Encourage them to become strong advocates and supporters of the schools. There is no better cause than public education.

 

There are a number of questions that you should consider as you think about updating and enhancing your K-12 fundraising program. Here they are:

 

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Six Steps to Crafting a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

With all of the great success stories out there about crowdfunding, you may be wondering if it’s time for you to give it a shot. Crowdfunding can be a great funding resource, but only if you take the time to craft a compelling campaign. Here are the steps you should take to ensure your project is successfully funded.

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Crowdfunding Versus Grant Writing: What’s the Difference?

As school budgets get tighter, more and more educators are turning to crowdfunding sites, such as DonorsChoose, AdoptAClasroom, and GoFundMe, to raise much needed funds for their classrooms. But what is crowdfunding and how is it different from grant writing?

Crowdfunding is when an individual or organization raises money from numerous donors, typically with the help of a website, to fund equipment or a project or program. Unlike general school fundraisers, both crowdfunding and grant writing raise money to address a specific need. While both approaches have been proven to achieve similar results, they are both vastly different. Here’s a quick guide to crowdfunding versus grant writing.

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